Farmington girls sneak past La Cueva

The Daily Times staff
Farmington's Chloe Finch drives to the basket for a layup against La Cueva during Tuesday's District 2-5A tournament quarterfinals game at Scorpion Arena.

FARMINGTON — The Farmington girls basketball team limited its first-half foul troubles to sneak past La Cueva 62-58 in Tuesday’s District 2-5A quarterfinals at Scorpion Arena.

For the better part of the season, FHS kept getting called for things like late contact upon contesting shots, as well as reaching in when they shouldn’t, during the first half and reached the bonus even before halftime.

On Tuesday, however, Farmington committed just five fouls in the first half. 

FHS still dealt with the occasional last-second contact defending a shot, but players were quicker to the ball and produced extra deflections and defensive rebounds because of it.

Both sides were in the double-bonus in the fourth quarter, but Farmington kept disrupting passes and set up extra scoring chances off of key rebounds.

Farmington (21-7) will travel to West Mesa for the district semifinals at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Kirtland boys, Bloomfield boys pull ahead late

KC went on a 31-14 run in the fourth quarter to take down Shiprock 76-69 in Tuesday’s District 1-4A quarterfinals at the Chieftain Pit. Elsewhere, Bloomfield went on a 16-10 run in the third quarter en route to a 67-55 District 1-4A quarterfinals win Tuesday at Bobcat Gym.

Kirtland (5-20) will play at 6 p.m. Thursday at Gallup in the District 1-4A tournament semifinals, while Bloomfield (11-16) will play at 6 p.m. Thursday at Miyamura in the other district semifinals matchup.